There’s an exciting two years ahead in the history of Handsworth GC as the club gets ready to celebrate their 125th year of existence in 2020 by unveiling major course changes in summer 2019 that are certain to take the course up to another level.

The re-development of three holes on the back nine has come about following a UK Environment Agency directive to construct an embankment along the far border of the course in order to protect local households along the adjoining River Tame floodplain.

Club members and visitors have still managed to play a full 18 holes while the changes are ongoing but as we noticed instantly during a November visit, the new holes are set to be something very special.

With a significant amount of investment from the Environment Agency, renowned course architects Gaunt Golf Designs were hired to perform the changes, which, weather permitting will be ready for play in July 2019.

In brief, the old par three 11th has been replaced with a similar length hole designed on adjoining land, and will now be the 13th. Due to the embankment, the 12th will now be number 11 and has been realigned to the south. The designers have created an island green around this one for a good challenge and some serious signature appeal.

The 12th, once the 13th has also changed direction from being a straight ahead par four to a left to right dog-leg par four. All three holes have new and large sized USGA standard greens; all are full of contours with the promise of some very taxing pin positions!

Long serving Handsworth head pro Lee Bashford is counting down the days, “It’s been a long time coming but the new holes will be more than worth the wait, the work that has gone into them is of a very high quality. Handsworth Golf Club has always been an outstanding golf course. The new holes will enhance the golfing experience for all categories of golfer and make HGC one of the premier courses in the Midlands.”